Aerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton Reveals How Band Patched Things Up With Steven Tyler
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:10:14
In an interview with The Boston Herald, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton revealed details about how the iconic band patched things up after a rough ride with vocalist Steven Tyler. There was even chatter about recruiting a new singer while Tyler was in rehab. Tensions came to a boil when Tyler tumbled from the stage at a Sturgis, South Dakota performance last summer. After the incident, the band refused to move forward and went "on strike" until their singer dealt with his substance issues. For a hot minute, everyone thought this Boston rock institution was going to be shut down, but then Tyler got some help and the boys got in touch with their feelings, like any tried 'n true rock 'n' roll bromance!
The band will head out on the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock tour of Europe and last week revealed that they will play a show at Fenway Park in their hometown of Boston on August 14 alongside the J. Geils Band, who also hail from New England.
"There was a lot of reconciling and processing feelings and stuff," Hamilton said. "Everyone said how they wanted things to be in the future and it became clear that, for everybody, the coolest thing to do would be to resolve things with the band." Tyler's status in the band was very tentative and no one was talking, but some of the rumors were quelled when Tyler showed up at Joe Perry's concert in New York in November and announced onstage that he wasn't leaving the band. Hamilton said he thought the band's issues would take longer to iron out, saying, "Up to that point there had been no direct communication with Steven. It sucked. I hated that it was that way for a few months." Tyler then went to rehab to battle an addiction to painkillers and "he took a really big step and it was really great," said Hamilton.
A US tour is also being planned.
What's your favorite Aerosmith song? Are you glad Tyler kicked his addictions?